Exploring the List 2011
Posted 20 July 2011 - 10:59 PM
I never could get to After Life on the previous T100--it's not on Netflix for some reason.
That's weird. I know I've streamed After Life from Netflix at least once, but not even the DVD is available now. The same thing has happened with the Dardennes' La Promesse.
I just discovered that After Life is available to stream for $3 on MUBI. I'm pretty sure they rotate their streaming options, so who knows how long it will last.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:24 PM
Of the final five (Koyaanisqatsi, Paprika, After Life, Fiddler on the Roof, and Ratcatcher), probably the one surprise was Ratcatcher.
I often find myself feeling predisposed against certain heavy, dramatic films from this area (northern UK) and era--the colorless housing projects, the gray skies, the pale skin--everything is just so dreary. I'm thinking of Loach's My Name is Joe, or even Greengrass' Bloody Sunday. These films have their strengths, but the setting creates such a mood that the stories feel somewhat constrained by them. I thought Ratcatcher stretched beyond my predisposition in a good way. I was impressed by the way Ramsey was able to elicit compassion for and find beauty in the characters of this bleak world. Possibly that was due to the subject matter dealing primarily with children, and seeing that world from a child's perspective, but the compassion extended beyond the children to the mothers of the three main neighborhood boys.
I expected to enjoy After Life, and I was not disappointed. Such a gentle and unassuming film--glad I saw it.
Overall, I think the list is a solid one, even if I still wish The House is Black occupied a place there.
Edited by John, 17 August 2011 - 04:14 PM.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:57 AM
Yes, I'm getting back on this now for 2012 as well. To a certain extent it's work, but it's also well worth it.
Well, I guess I didn't do too well in my Top 100 quest. Here's to the new year and another go! (clink)
I agree. It is well worth it but sometimes it feels overwhelming. I also keep trying to just explore Cassavetes. Somehow one list interferes with the progression of the other.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:53 AM
Anyone else making progress? I'd recommend trying. Instead of just bringing our own personal tastes to the forum, I've found that making an effort to stretch my tastes with this list has been very rewarding, challenging and worthwhile.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:53 PM
If you want to pursue all the lists, not just the 2011 top 100, you can use this spreadsheet. It was posted a while ago by M. Dale Prins, and I added some missing information and the top 25 lists to it.
THANK YOU. This is incredible, and I missed it the first time around. So far, I've only seen 79 out of the 246 on the list, so a little over 30%. I'll have to keep pecking away.